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Autopsy Shows No Alcohol In Mary Kennedy's System

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Mary Richardson Kennedy's autopsy revealed three drugs in her system at the time of her death at her Bedford home, but no alcohol, according to a report issued Friday by the Westchester County Medical Examiner.

The autopsy detected three antidepressants: trazodone, venlafaxine and desmethylvenlafaxine in her body at the time of death.

The estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was found dead on May 16 after she hanged herself in the barn on her Bedford property.

Mary Kennedy had suffered from substance abuse problems, according to published reports, and was arrested for driving while intoxicated three days after Robert Kennedy filed a marital action on May 12, 2010. That August, she was arrested for driving while impaired by prescription drugs, but those charges were later dropped.

A recent report by Kennedy historian Laurence Leamer in Newsweek magazine cited a sealed 60-page affidavit RFK Jr. filed with Westchester Supreme Court on Sept. 16, 2011, during divorce proceedings, a document that he submitted in support of a request for an order of protection against her. The Richardson family has repudiated the contents of the affidavit, which alleges she was abusive toward RFK Jr.



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